Enter to Win a $25 See’s Candies Gift Card for Valentine’s Day

by in Contests, January 20th, 2015

See's CandiesValentine’s Day celebrations may come in many forms — from romantic restaurant meals to simple dinners at home or low-key gatherings with friends — but no matter what the day looks like at your house, chocolate should indeed be on the menu. Just in time for Valentine’s Day this year, FN Dish has teamed up with See’s Candies to offer fans the chance to win gift cards, which can be spent on candy for a special someone (or for yourself).

Creamy milk chocolates, nut-studded beauties with caramel, strawberry-laced truffles and smooth peanut butter bites — no matter what kind of treat you’re craving, there’s surely something at See’s to please every taste bud. You can buy your favorite treats from See’s Candies online now, but FN Dish is giving five lucky, randomly selected fans each a $25 gift card for free. The gift cards never expire, and you can use them in See’s Candies shops or on the company’s website. All you have to do to enter to win is leave a comment telling us how you plan to spend Valentine’s Day this year.

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Where to Get Your Nacho Fix Across the Country

by in Restaurants, January 20th, 2015

by Alia Akkam

A heaping platter of crunchy, gooey nachos might be simple, yet its power to satisfy and comfort is undeniable. Whether flaunting pork, brisket or pickled onions, this cheese-shellacked blanket of tortilla chips is especially cherished during football season. To satisfy your cravings during these football-free weeks before the big game, check out 10 of of the country’s best takes on this humble staple of Tex-Mex joints in our full gallery.

Los Angeles: Border Grill (pictured above)
Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken, the dames behind modern Mexican institution Border Grill, are known for their Skillet Nachos. At the downtown Los Angeles location — as well as in Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay and the Forum Shops at Caesars — the dish arrives piled high with housemade tortilla chips, from-scratch cheese sauce, organic black beans and tender morsels of carne asada.

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Duff Goldman to Kick Off Big-Game Celebrations at a Fan Festival

by in Events, Food Network Chef, January 20th, 2015

Duff GoldmanDuff Goldman isn’t one for doing things on a small scale. From cakes to competitions, the host of Duff Till Dawn and Kids Baking Championship is all about taking his craft to the extreme, and there’s perhaps no better place for him to highlight his commitment to the big and bold than at the ultimate display of sportsmanship: the big game. In partnership with DIRECTV, Duff and Food Network will be on hand during the first-ever Super Fan Festival beginning Wednesday, Jan. 28, the week leading up to Sunday’s big football game.

If you’re heading to Glendale, Ariz., to partake in the football frenzy, you can buy tickets to join in the celebration with Duff. He’ll be kicking off the opening fete by presenting a themed cake inspired by the event.

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Take an Exclusive Tour of Duff Goldman’s Bakery Charm City Cakes West — Duff Till Dawn

by in Shows, January 19th, 2015

Duff's bakeryIn Duff Goldman’s new show, Duff Till Dawn, premiering Thursday, January 29 at 10:30|9:30c, expert bakers and cake artists compete to show off their unique cake-decorating skills for the chance to earn bragging rights — and walk away with the Golden Whisk. But this competition doesn’t take place in just any competition space, nor does it happen during daylight hours: It all goes down in Duff’s Los Angeles bakery Charm City Cakes West and lasts from dusk until dawn.

Here’s your chance to get an exclusive look inside the popular bakery and notorious competition space.

Click here to take the tour

Skillet Lasagna with Butternut Squash — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, January 19th, 2015

Skillet Lasagna with Butternut SquashGone are the days when making lasagna was a weekend-only activity that required hours of preparation. With the help of a stove-to-oven pan, Food Network Magazine’s quick-fix Skillet Lasagna with Butternut Squash (pictured above) is a go-to dinner you can reach for on even the busiest of weeknights.

The secret to making this recipe in a hurry is taking advantage of welcome timesavers. Start with your favorite jar of marinara and a package of frozen butternut squash, and opt for no-boil noodles (flat-shaped lasagna noodles that become tender by absorbing sauce) to save yourself from cooking traditional pasta separately. Once you’ve made a creamy cheesy mixture studded with the squash, it all comes down to layering: first the sauce, then the noodles and finally the cheeses before repeating the process. Top with a final blanket of gooey mozzarella and a sprinkle of nutty Parmesan for added decadence before baking. It’s a good idea to let the skillet rest for a few minutes before serving; this will help prevent the cheeses from oozing out when you cut into the lasagna.

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When a Side Dish Saves the Day — Alton’s After-Show

by in Shows, January 19th, 2015

So often in the Cutthroat Kitchen arena, chefs split their focus between the challenge dish and a side dish or two to round out their offerings for the judge, only to find out later that the sides did more harm than good, perhaps detracting from the primary dish or suffering a flaw that the judge cannot ignore. But on tonight’s all-new episode, it turns out that the side dish saved the day for one competitor and ultimately clinched his win.

It was up to judge Simon Majumdar to decide which of two chefs’ granola bars was worthy of the prize, and while Chef Julio’s plate indeed featured a bar, Simon noted of the taste during the After-Show, “It wasn’t the best granola.” That prestige was awarded to Chef John’s dish, as Simon explained, “John’s was really good granola, but it wasn’t a bar.” Therein lies the problem. “The fact that both of them had real problems — one didn’t have a bar and one didn’t have great granola — meant I had to judge the dish as a whole,” Simon said, “and [Chef Julio’s] pineapple dish was really great.” While such a judgment doesn’t happen regularly on Cutthroat, Alton Brown told Simon, “In that case, it was the side item that sealed the victory.”

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One-on-One with the Latest Recruit Eliminated from the Red Team — Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, January 19th, 2015

Michael MuldoonThis season on Worst Cooks in America, 14 new helpless home cooks have joined the ranks to be mentored by chefs Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell. Split into the Blue and Red teams, they’ll face new cooking challenges every week, honing their skills until just two finalists (one from each team) remain to face off in one final cook-off, the winner of which will walk away with $25,000 in cash, along with bragging rights for his or her mentor. Unfortunately, however, every week the two lowest-scoring recruits will be kicked out of Boot Camp, losing the chance to win the prize money, but leaving with new skills they’ve learned from their mentors.

FN Dish has the exclusive interviews with the eliminated recruits from the Red Team and the Blue Team.

Find out who on the Red Team went home

One-on-One with the Latest Recruit Eliminated from the Blue Team — Worst Cooks in America

by in Shows, January 19th, 2015

Mike KennedyThis season on Worst Cooks in America, 14 new helpless home cooks have joined the ranks to be mentored by chefs Tyler Florence and Anne Burrell. Split into the Blue and Red teams, they’ll face new cooking challenges every week, honing their skills until just two finalists (one from each team) remain to face off in one final cook-off, the winner of which will walk away with $25,000 in cash, along with bragging rights for his or her mentor. Unfortunately, however, every week the two lowest-scoring recruits will be kicked out of Boot Camp, losing the chance to win the prize money, but leaving with new skills they’ve learned from their mentors.

FN Dish has the exclusive interviews with the eliminated recruits from the Red Team and the Blue Team.

Find out who on the Blue Team went home

Speak Up, Fans: Where Do You Eat the Best Breakfast Ever?

by in Shows, January 19th, 2015

Best. Breakfast. Ever.While barbecue and pizza may conjure images of a specific plate — smoky, saucy meats or a crust with sauce on it — the rules of breakfast are far more lenient. After all, a morning meal can range from the sweetest sugar-rolled doughnuts and creamiest cups of oatmeal to the heartiest platters of steak and eggs and towering piles of fluffy flapjacks.

Your favorite Food Network chefs and stars are set to reveal their picks for the ultimate morning indulgence on tonight’s brand-new episode of Best. Breakfast. Ever. (at 10|9c), but before you tune in, FN Dish wants to hear about your breakfast picks. What are some of your local breakfast hot spots, and what do you order? Are you a fan of the diner on the corner for its classic egg scramble and bacon, a bagel shop specializing in fresh lox or a fancier eatery with gourmet French toast? Leave a comment below, tell us on Food Network’s Facebook page or Food Network’s Google+ page, or tweet @FoodNetwork using #BestBreakfastEver to tell us your local restaurant picks and share your version of the ultimate breakfast. FN Dish will round up your answers and reveal your top selections on Thursday.

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Chia Seed Pudding — Most Popular Pin of the Week

by in Community, January 18th, 2015

Chia Seed PuddingWhen it comes to your morning meal, there’s no reason to settle for boring — even when you’re in a hurry. In this week’s Most Popular Pin of the Week recipe, Giada De Laurentiis lets chia seeds work their magic overnight in thickening maple-laced Greek yogurt before helping you wake up to a ready-to-eat treat full of texture. Just top the pudding with fruit and sliced almonds for added crunch for a quick-fix dish.

For more lightened-up meal ideas, check out Food Network’s Let’s Get Healthy board on Pinterest.

Get the Recipe: Chia Seed Pudding (pictured above) from Food Network Magazine